Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Low Res Oscar Week 2008: The Screenplays

If Paul Thomas Anderson ends up winning the Oscar for There Will Be Blood and Diablo Cody, as expected, takes the trophy for Juno, that'll mean I missed the boat on both Oscar winners. Or did the boat miss me? Think about it.

Atonement and The Darjeeling Limited move into a tie with Sweeney Todd at four nominations each.

The Darjeeling Limited
Death Proof
Margot At The Wedding
Michael Clayton

Matches with Oscar: 1/5, matching Michael Clayton and nothing else.

Previous Rezzie Winners: 2006: United 93; 2005: Syriana; 2004: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; 2003: Lost in Translation; 2002: Adaptation; 2001: The Royal Tenenbaums; 2000: Almost Famous; 1999: Being John Malkovich; 1998: The Truman Show.

Why These Five? Darjeeling because Wes Anderson, while sharp as ever, began to find his heart; Once because it radiates warmth from the inside out and avoids the usual street-musician-makes-good clichés; Margot because it is the sharpest, meanest, most quick-witted collection of words coming out of unlikeable characters we saw this year; Michael Clayton because it snuck a character study in through the "legal thriller" door; and Death Proof because I could listen to Quentin Tarantino's characters yammer on about nothing all day.

Who Wins? Michael Clayton, for its unexpected head-first dive into the soul of a man who's suddenly discovering how much he's worth. And a woman finding out how much she's worth, for that matter. And for "I am Shiva, the god of death."

Away From Her
The Diving Bell And The Butterfly
No Country For Old Men

Matches with Oscar: 4/5; they liked There Will Be Blood, I liked Zodiac.

Past Rezzie Winners: 2006: Little Children; 2005: Brokeback Mountain; 2004: Closer; 2003: American Splendor; 2002: The Hours; 2001: Memento; 2000: Traffic; 1999: Election; 1998: Primary Colors.

Why These Five? Zodiac because it made the looking more worthwhile than the finding; Diving Bell because it made me cry; Atonement because it didn't (and contrary to a lot of opinions about it, I don't think to was supposed to); Away From Her because simple can be huge; and No Country because the Coens make huge look simple.

Who Wins? Away From Her. Sarah Polley, bitches.

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